Monday, May 22, 2017

Greenstyle Creations Moxi Shorts Pattern Review

Today Greenstyle Creations releases their newest pattern, the Moxi Shorts! I am planning on living in these shorts this summer whether at the gym, the beach, or out running errands. I got the opportunity to test the pattern over the past few weeks and loved watching all the hard work that Angelyn put in this pattern to get just the right fit. She also included a cheat sheet for fit adjustments in the pattern to make getting the proper fit for your body easy. I have to admit that I made 9 shorts during the test and can see myself making many more!

Fabric choice is everything in how these feel and look. The pattern was designed for a stretch woven with 20% stretch. Some knits like scuba, heavy supplex, or some French terry have less stretch and also work great for this pattern. I used three different fabric types for the shorts I made in testing: knit, stretch twill, and stretch chiffon.

First up, stretch chiffon:

 I used knit binding on both of my stretch chiffon shorts. There is an art to not stretching the binding too much when sewing so that it doesn't create a lot of wrinkles in your shorts. The thinner the knit, the better so that you do not have thick edges. The black binding is a poly spandex knit from Joann and the pink is a Zenith and Quasar brushed nylon spandex that is wonderfully soft.

Next, stretch twill:

These may be some of my favorite shorts because it felt like the fabric was made for this pattern! I was able to make the bias tape out of the same fabric without it being bulky, and it was pretty easy to work with. I made the waist band out of cotton lycra.

I had enough fabric left over to make my oldest daughter a pair too. She is only 8 but she fits great in the size zero of these shorts. She is pretty excited about her shorts and will be wearing them to play tennis.

 Here are some more in stretch twill. Both of these have a cotton lycra waistband and a stretch woven bias trim. The black top I am wearing is the Wardrobe by Me Wardrobe Builder Tee, and the tank top is the Greenstyle Jillian Tank.

Lastly, I loved using a stable knit for this pattern. If you are going to use a super stretchy knit, the pattern recommends sizing down. I did not need to size down for any of my knit fabrics.

Thanks for reading my blog. Hope you enjoyed all the photos of these awesome shorts. Grab your  Moxi Shorts pattern while it is on sale for 24 hours only. The pattern has an included brief. Compression shorts are also available as an add on to the pattern.

Where I shopped:
Stretch Chiffon is Nicole Miller for Joann and can be found here.
Stretch Twill with Orange Bias was also from Joann and can be found here.
Plum athletic knit was from Made Whimsy and can be found here.
Scuba was from Joann and can be found here.

Also, Zenith and Quasar Fabric is having a sale to celebrate the Moxi release. Use code "MOXI" for 20% off any order (excluding anything in the "New" section). The code at Zenith and Quasar is valid through the end of the day Tuesday. Their heavy supplex would work great for the body of the shorts and their regular supplex is nice and stretchy for the waistband. I used their brushed nylon spandex on one of the stretch chiffon pairs I made.

Photo Credit: My wonderful friend, Aimee Wilson of Capture, Craft, and Cook

Disclosures: This post may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. There is no cost to you. Any and all opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Itch to Stitch Lago Tank

Happy Mother's day!! I am gearing up for the hot weather that we get in Texas every summer by sewing up some easy, breezy tank tops. When I feel sweaty and hot, I enjoy wearing tops that are not clingy, and the Itch to Stitch Lago Tank pattern fits this need perfect. It is fitted through the bust but has the perfect amount of ease around the waist and hips.

I was excited to have the opportunity to test the Lago Tank pattern for Kennis Wong last week but am even more excited to tell you that the pattern is FREE. So, you can make yourself a stack of these for this hot summer we have ahead. I was able to make four tops during testing. These really come out quick! My first two tanks are in a rayon spandex. Rayon spandex has great drape and works well for this pattern.

I got to take some photos with my lovely friend Aimee for this test as well. I always love getting together with her, and I think we are finally getting together to sew or take photos more than just shop! My top here is made in a rayon spandex from Simply by Ti.

I also made an athletic tank out of athletic brushed poly from Zenith and Quasar. It is super soft and has moisture wicking so will be perfect for working out in the heat.

  This photo was an outtake but is my favorite due to my sweet little photo bombers with us that day.

Lastly, here is a Lago tank that I made in a jersey blend I got from Wherehouse Fabrics in Dallas. I love these colors and was so excited to find it on the remnant table for a great deal. Sometimes what they label as remnants can be upwards of 4 yards (or more!) so I may have several tops for the girls and I out of this fabric.  

In honor of Mother's Day, tell your mom you love her. If you are a mother, keep on paying attention to those little things you do for your kids that you aren't sure they even notice. I had to call my mom this past week just to tell her thank you for singing to me all the time growing up. So many of her songs of worship are etched in my heart and come out just when I need them. I still call her sometimes to sing a song to me when I can't quite find her version on YouTube. :)

Thanks for reading my blog! You can grab your free tank pattern here. Also, to celebrate Mother's Day, Kennis is doing a storewide sale! You can get 20% off your total purchase by using the coupon code "lovemom." The sale will run from Saturday, May 13, until Monday, May 15.

Photo Credit: My wonderful friend, Aimee Wilson of Capture, Craft, and Cook

Disclosures: This post may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. There is no cost to you. Any and all opinions expressed are my own.